Do not come to Tanzania: The criminalization of the LGBTQ community

We had one of the most spectacular trips to Tanzania and Zanzibar a week ago in late December 2018. The people are hospitable and very friendly. The landscape of the great Serengeti is magnifice. Zanzibar was absolutely enchanting. I started studying Swahili here and was so delighted by the great reception we had.  But the trip was overshadowed by the international spotlight on the government’s war against the LGBTQ community.  I would discourage people from visiting Tanzania due to the criminalization of LGBTQ. Currently, anyone who is, LGBTQ, is subjected to discrimination and arrest. If you are caught having sex as a gay person you are subjected to a 30 year prison sentence. Even if you are a foreigner you are still targeted.

There are several articles in the Guardian that  highlights the discrimination and the climate of hate promoted by the Tanzanian government.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/05/tanzania-gay-people-in-hiding-lgbt-activists-crackdown

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/05/tanzania-gay-people-in-hiding-lgbt-activists-crackdown.  Also, the World Bank has suspended aid and its mission work due to the Tanzanian government’s discrimination.

I did not see any overt discrimination and  the ordinary people we met were very hospitable. As we now have in the USA  a climate of  hatred and intolerance  promulgated by the Chief Idiot – POTUS. It is very difficult to point fingers at other leaders and countries given that your own country is so riddled with insanity. However, it is important to speak out against this injustice.

The Tanzanian president John Magufuli also has discouraged women from Family Planning, even though Tanzania has a population of around 53 million people. and forty-nine per cent live on less than $2 (£1.50) a day.In addition, If a schoolgirl becomes pregnant she is not allowed to return to school.The European Union and other countries have withdrawn aid to Tanzania.

 Yes, the people we met were kind and hospitable.  Tanzania is a beautiful country!  Please carefully consider your journey to Tanzania and support LGBTQ voices  – https://lgbtvoicetz.org/

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